MEET THE TEAM
Hugh Chappelle boasts a prestigious resume of making cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast, but his previous experience in developing a Zinfandel and Rhône program make him a perfect fit for Quivira. After conducting research in UC Davis’ Masters in Viticulture and Enology, Hugh began his career in the Sierra foothills working with Zinfandel and Rhône varieties. Hugh pursued new opportunities on the Sonoma Coast and took over winemaking at Flowers Vineyard & Winery where he worked from 2000 to 2004. He then became Director of Winemaking at Lynmar Estate in the Russian River Valley. Hugh was drawn to Quivira’s unique terroir and became winemaker in 2010. At Quivira, Hugh is unconventionally utilizing his warm and cool climate experiences so his wines deliver the bold varietal character yet also demonstrate balance and finesse.
NED HORTONVineyard Manager
Throughout Ned’s tenure at Quivira, he has been aligning the farming practices for fine winemaking. Ned began in the wine industry after working a harvest at Davis Bynum in 2005. The following year he would join Quivira as the Lab Manager. From his time in the lab, Ned understands how to pick blocks at the optimal time through the lens of winemaking. Within his first two weeks at Quivira, Ned started to shadow Biodynamic consultant Alan York with the objective of creating a strong line of communication between the cellar and vineyard. Ned shadowed the architect of Quivira’s inter-connected, self-sufficient estate and learned how to harvest the potential of the vineyard. Under the tutelage of York, Ned embraced the teachings of Rudolph Steiner as highly disciplined organic farming that best captured the estate. This attention to detail and long-term vision for fine winemaking still guide Ned’s management of Quivira’s estate. Ned assumed the role of Vineyard Manager in 2006 and oversees Quivira’s grower relations.
PETE & TERRI KIGHTProprietors
Pete Kight’s life-long interest in wine and the science of grape growing led him on a quest for just the right vineyards and winery location. In the spring of 2006, Pete and Terri met Henry and Holly Wendt, the founders of Quivira. They were immediately captivated by the winery’s location at the confluence of Wine Creek and Dry Creek, with its historical significance in the evolution of grape growing and winemaking in Dry Creek Valley. They were also struck by Henry’s vision for better wine through better vineyard management, using Biodynamic and organic farming techniques. They shook hands on the purchase after just the second meeting. Since purchasing the winery and vineyards in the summer of 2006, Pete and Terri have rallied the Quivira team around a strong sense of purpose. The collective Quivira family shares an entrepreneurial spirit and mutual understanding of how a sustainable, holistic approach to growing grapes can yield, in the end, truly distinctive wines.